Artistic Director and Conductor

Arkansas Chamber Singers
Location: 
Little Rock, AR
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, September 1, 2022

ABOUT ARKANSAS CHAMBER SINGERS:  Founded in 1979; is an auditioned SATB chorus, and a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization – comprised of approximately 50+ singers.  We are an organization dedicated to the advancement of choral music, the encouragement of participation in group singing, the presentation of choral programs, and the encouragement of cultural music in the community.

Our website is AR-ChamberSingers.org

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

We seek an Artistic Director and Conductor to implement the artistic and strategic vision of the Chorus, and who can work closely with an active Board of Directors.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Outstanding musicianship

Excellent rehearsal and   skills

Effective conducting skills for a variety of ensemble types

Strong sense of collaboration

Experience leading a medium-to-large ensemble (>50 members)

Substantial knowledge of choral repertoire

An agreeable and professional disposition

Project management skills to plan, prepare, and execute performances

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Advanced degree (MA, MM, DMA, PhD) in a related field

Competent keyboard skills, including modest accompaniment patterns

A nuanced approach to programming both classics and lesser-known works

An active commitment to incorporate more diverse perspectives

A passion for fostering musicianship in the Chorus

A lucid vision for the expansion and enrichment of the Chorus

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Select venues and the repertoire to engage the concert audience

Plan and conduct weekly rehearsals plus any additional rehearsals as needed for final concert preparations

Conduct a minimum of three major concerts per year (Fall, Spring, Holiday)

Collaborate with the Accompanist

Identify opportunities for the Chorus to collaborate with other musicians, groups, and at different venues.

Work with Executive Director to ensure that current season music is selected and purchased in a timely fashion

Serve as ex-officio, non-voting member of the ACS board of directors and meet with them on a regular basis

Assist Board in planning annual budget

Present reports at the board meetings regarding the status of the artistic programs and projects

Participate in fundraising activities

Serve as a key official spokesperson for the organization

Participate in community activities that further the name recognition of the chorus

Collaborate with management in developing marketing campaigns and publicity for the chorus

Compensation and Benefits: 

This is a paid part-time position commensurate with qualifications.

Compensation will be based on a contract with the Board of Directors and paid once a month for the entire 12-month fiscal year of 1 July through 30 June.

Application Procedure: 

Email the following to the Search Committee at [email protected]:

Cover letter describing who you are, why you are applying and current resume/CV (PDF preferred)

Phone and email information for 3-4 professional references, at least one familiar with your choral conducting

Samples of 2-3 past programs that exemplify your work

Links to video(s) that demonstrate your conducting in rehearsal (preferred) or performance.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with applications submitted by August 1, 2022 given priority.

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